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Surgery for osteoarthritis

Surgery may be recommended if your pain is very severe or you have mobility problems. Many thousands of hip and knee replacements are performed each year for osteoarthritis, and other joint replacements are becoming increasingly common. Surgery can be very good for easing pain when other treatments haven’t given enough relief.

Sometimes keyhole surgery techniques may be used to wash out loose bits of bone and other tissue from your knee – this is called arthroscopic lavage and it’s not recommended unless your knee locks.


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